What is a bridge?
A bridge can be an option when filling a gap where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. It can help improve aesthetics, stop teeth shifting into a space and prevent biting problems.
Conventional bridges are made by crowning the teeth on either side of a gap and attaching false teeth in the middle so that it appears that it emerges from the gum like the original tooth.
In some cases your dentist may suggest a resin retained bridge, which is also known as a ‘sticky bridge’. This is when the replacement tooth is supported by metal wings which are stuck to adjacent teeth. ‘Sticky bridges’ are generally considered a less destructive type of treatment.
Your suitability for bridges depends greatly on the health and gum condition of your remaining teeth, something that the dentist will obviously discuss with you.
What is the procedure for a bridge placement?
✔ First appointment: Adjacent teeth may be shaped depending on the type of bridge you are having and a mould of the teeth are taken and sent to a dental laboratory, where a customised bridge will be prepared Appropriate shade is taken when necessary.
✔ Second appointment: Bridge is bonded and adjusted so it is comfortable to bite on.
What are bridges made of?
Bridges are made from either entirely or a combination of metals and ceramics.
How do I look after my bridge?
✔ The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your crown or bridge is to practice good oral hygiene
✔ It is important that the gum line and area surrounding the bridge is kept clean and special floss is often necessary to clean underneath the teeth and maintain strong, healthy gums.
✔ A bridge can lose its support if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged by dental disease. Keep your gums and teeth healthy by Brushing with fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing daily. Also see your dentist and hygienist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.